Friday, November 25, 2016

Newness and Hiking: Tai O to Tung Chung

It's been a week filled with a lot of new. New people, new places, new haircut. mrC is away on his first big trip with his new company, so I filled up my calendar in an attempt to stay busy and make new friends in Hong Kong.

The first thing I did was join the American Women's Association (AWA) of Hong Kong. It's similar to SWIC that I joined in Shenzhen. The group brings international women together to work to support Hong Kong and offer activities that encourage the members to connect with one another and the community.

Monday - I met up with some of the AWA hiking group to hike Dragon's Back to Big Wave Bay. I first did this hike with the SWIC hiking group and it was just as fun the second time around. I even met a lady who lives in Discovery Bay.

Tuesday - a friend from Shenzhen came over to Hong Kong and we met up in Central for some shopping and some lunch. She took me on the Mid-levels Escalators* for my first time and showed me where the A&M US grocery store is located. For lunch we popped into a little Mexican joint right off the escalators for some yummy quesadillas.

*The Central – Mid-Levels Escalator system, is the world's longest outdoor covered escalator system, stretching for over 800-metres (half a mile) and connecting Central district with the Mid-levels districts like SOHO. Intended to help commuters navigate the steep sloping roads, it has become a tourist attraction because the moving walkway system gives easy access to hundreds of shops, bars, and restaurants.

Wednesday - It was rainy, rainy here and a perfect day for a new hair cut.

Thursday - I met my new DB friend and we went to Central for the AWA weekly CHAT coffee at Café 8 located on the rooftop of Pier 8. Since it was Thanksgiving, it was a small group but I met some really nice ladies.

Friday - one of my SWIC hiking friends put me in contact with a member of the Discovery Bay hiking group. I couldn't join them for their regular hike on Tuesday, but she offered to hike with me today.

Tai O to Tung Chung - this hike was long (8.5 miles), but mostly easy. We started by taking the DB bus to Tung Chung which is over by the airport. Then we took a ferry to the village of Tai O. Tai O is a small fishing village known mostly for its fish market and stilt houses. We strolled though the village before heading to the trail head.

The Tung O Ancient Trail is a coastal trail that was once an important passage for villagers commuting back and forth. Along the trail we passed Yeung Hau Temple, mangrove forests, smaller villages such as San Shek Wan, and the airport.

Our hike brought us back to Tung Chung where we caught a bus back to DB. Lucky for me, that bus stops right outside our apartment building because my legs and feet were tired. So tired that I spent the rest of the afternoon in my compression socks.

How do you pamper your tired legs?
Did you workout or shop or both today?

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